Nearly thirteen percent of North Carolina third-graders were either held back or went on to fourth grade this year labeled retained. That means they get 90 minutes of concentrated reading instruction every day. 

These are the results from the first year of the state’s Read to Achieve program.  

Vice Chairman of the State School Board A.L. “Buddy” Collins said those struggling students will need extra support beyond third and fourth grade.  

Michael Tomsic

There's a new college in Charlotte that's an online school with no campus or accreditation, but it has a football team. In fact, the football coach created the college last year. It's called College of Faith, and it's linked to online colleges with sports programs in Arkansas and Florida.

Lisa Worf / WFAE

The number of applications to open charter schools in North Carolina is significantly down from past years. The state received forty applications from groups wanting to open schools in the fall of 2016. Nearly half of them are for schools in the Charlotte area. 

Courtesy of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

CMS has had to make room for 3,300 more students than what the state projected the district would have. The opening of eleven charter schools in the area has complicated the process of coming up with enrollment numbers. CMS projections were closer to the mark, but still a ways off. 

A brand new charter school that opened in Charlotte on August 25 is shutting down. State officials sent Concrete Roses STEM Academy a letter this week placing the school on what the state calls Financial Disciplinary Status. The school's board voted Wednesday night to close the charter program as of Friday. This fall's enrollment of 126 students at Concrete Roses, located off Monroe Road, was far below the 300 students organizers had projected. WFAE's Mark Rumsey spoke with Helen Nance, who chairs North Carolina's Charter School Advisory Board, about the closure of Concrete Roses and the oversight of the state's charter schools.

Parents Say Charter School Closing Was Short Notice

Sep 19, 2014
Tasnim Shamma

Friday was the last day of school for about 120 students at a charter school in east Charlotte. It's closing its doors less than three weeks after opening because of financial troubles. Parents will now have to figure out where to send their children next week.

Tasnim Shamma / WFAE

A Charlotte charter school is closing its doors less than three weeks after opening, leaving 126 students to find a new school.

Parents of students at Concrete Roses STEM Academy got their first hint of trouble earlier this week.

"Everybody got the same call or e-mail that there was an emergency board meeting," says Shirley Brooks.

Her granddaughter, Taylor, is a fourth-grader at the K-12 school, which closes Friday.

"I had no idea that this could happen on a new school like this. I had no idea," Brooks says.

The State Of Public Education

Sep 16, 2014

As the new school year gets underway, this community forum explored the changing climate for public education in the Charlotte region. Panelists addressed recent moves to raise teacher pay and discussed the future of student achievement standards and Common Core guidelines. The forum also examined the role of charter schools, their successes and challenges to date in the Charlotte area, and the outlook for charter programs.

Michael Tomsic

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system is still in the process of reviewing its discipline policies to determine why minority students are far more likely to get suspended.

In Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, African-American students are 5.5 times more likely than white students to receive out-of-school suspensions. Hispanic students are 2.6 more likely to get suspended. Students with disabilities also get suspended at a higher rate. 

That’s all according to a report CMS staff and various community agencies presented to the school board in April.

Michael Tomsic

This week, WFAE has been exploring the cost of the UNC system for in-state students and universities. Wednesday, we explained how the tuition check you pay doesn’t just support you or your child. It also goes to other students in the form of financial aid.